Sticky Chicken

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This is one of those dishes that, somedays, you just gotta have. Sticky Chicken has been around about as long as folks have been cooking. The recipe has evolved and been tweaked over the years but the flavorful sticky marinade that clings to the chicken is still every bit as good as folks remember from the days when Granny used to make it for Sunday dinner.

This recipe for sticky chicken is pretty simple, mix up some ingredients, bring them to a boil, pour them over chicken pieces and bake. It’s a home run with kids as well as adults, too!

You’ll need: Brown sugar (dark or light, whatever you have), garlic powder, ketchup, honey, and soy sauce. 

You’re also going to need about 3-5 pounds of bone in chicken with the skin still on it.

Traditionally, folks use legs and thighs for this but my Kroger had bone in split chicken breasts for buy one get one free – so I have four HUGE Chicken breasts halves that cost me about $2.50 and that is what we’re using! 

Put everything in a sauce pot and stir it up really good. Place over medium high heat. 

You can do medium heat but I like to get things rolling. 

Patience is a virtue and all that but I find that my patience is best used in dealing with people, critters, and my spotty internet connection.

Bring it just to a boil and then remove from heat. 

Place your chicken pieces in a 9×13 baking dish and pour all of the sauce over. 

In my last post, we sang Leslie Gore around about this time. So today, we need to sing Buddy Holly.

Every day, it’s a getting closer! Going faster than a roller coaster! love like yours will surely come my way. hey hey hey hey hey!

This has nothing whatsoever to do with Sticky Chicken so I’m not even gonna try to tie it in.

If staying on point was a requirement of my job, I’da lasted one blog post.

Not good with the whole monotony thing. I gotta sparkle a bit :)

If you tuned in to the Leslie Gore Video in my Fried Dill Pickles Post and now my Buddy Holly video you may be wondering why someone born whenever I was born (sometime in the past 20-50 years or so) is such a huge fan of music from an era I wasn’t actually present in.

Simple: I have exquisite taste in music.

Oh, and also My Mama and Daddy took good care of their records :). My brother, sister, and I spent half of our childhoods rocking out to Leslie Gore, Buddy Holly, and then Elvis. In between we were big fans of Disco Duck just to keep it well rounded.

What music did you listen to growing up?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

Place this in a 350 degree oven and bake, uncovered, for 90 minutes total.

After 45 minutes…flip all of the chicken over in the dish.

An hour and fifteen minutes into cooking, flip pieces again and baste with some of the sauce in the pan. Bake another fifteen minutes.

NOTE: cooking time is the same if you use legs and thighs.

Booyah! Sticky chicken!

This dish was extremely difficult to photograph because I really just wanted to eat it.

“Click click, ok, photo session is done! Let’s eat!”

I’m serving some green beans with it (recipe coming soon) and simple Mahatma Saffron Rice. Rice goes great with this because the chicken is so flavorful.

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Sticky Chicken

Sticky Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3 -5 pounds bone in chicken with skin (folks usually use legs and/or thighs)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a sauce pot, combine ketchup, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder over medium heat.
  3. Bring it just to a boil while stirring. Remove from heat.
  4. Arrange chicken pieces in 9x13 dish. Pour entire amount of sauce over chicken, turning pieces with tongs to coat.
  5. Place in oven, uncovered, for 90 minutes, turning after 45 minutes.
  6. Fifteen minutes before cooking time is up, flip pieces once more and baste with sauce.
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UPDATE: Can I make this with boneless skinless breasts?

I’ve had so many people ask this question that I finally got around to trying it last night. I threw a few boneless skinless chicken breasts in the baking dish with my bone in, skin on pieces. I basted it just like the other pieces and flipped and cooked it the same way. It was good and it can certainly be done but it doesn’t come out like sticky chicken. You’ll have a good tasting chicken breasts, but the sauce doesn’t stick to it or form a glaze on it. You’re pretty much just cooking chicken in the sauce. It is good, but it really isn’t sticky chicken. I would suggest holding out until you have the bone in/skin on pieces :)

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Comments

  1. Debbie Moore says

    I made this for supper last night. We all loved it. Hubby had re-heats for lunch. Will make it again soon! Thanks again Christy.

    When I make one of our recipes, I feel as if i am sharing a recipe with my backyard neighbor.

    You cook like we like to eat. Good southern style food. No weird stuff here!

    • Pam Williams Angerhofer says

      Sodium-free Soy Sauce

      2 tbsp. Sodium-Free Beef Bouillon
      2 tsp. red wine vinegar
      1 tsp. molasses
      1/8 tsp. ground ginger
      dash of black pepper
      dash of garlic powder
      3/4 cup water

      In a small saucepan, combine and boil gently, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup.
      Store in refrigerator. Stir before serving.
      Makes 1/2 cup.

      Recipe comes from a Better Homes and Garden low sodium cookbook.

  2. Sharon Carson says

    Hi Christy! I am praying for you and all your neighbors down south to be safe from the bad weather. I have to tell you that your Sticky Chicken continues to be a hit in my house and now beyond. I made it for a special dinner my husband’s family held for his nephew TJ, who left for basic training in the Air National Guard in early April. It was a hit, and after trying it at TJ’s dinner, a church friend asked for the recipe and made it for a party at her 55+ community clubhouse. She told me that it went over big and she got requests for the recipe. I tell ya, that dang recipe is changing hands pretty fast around here. My extremely picky 12 year old daughter actually agreed to try it (FINALLY!), last night and before I knew it, here she was scooping extra sauce on her piece and she ‘fessed up to just how much she liked it. My friend was the recipient of a copy of your book as a birthday gift from me, and she made Sticky Chicken and sent me a very succinct text that said “Winner, winner, chicken diinner!” Her family loves it too! Stay safe!

  3. Michelle T. in CA says

    I have a big pack of drumsticks that need to be cooked up, so this will be perfect!

    Re: music . . . I grew up listening to lots of music! My fondest music memories come from watching American Bandstand and Soul Train on Saturday mornings. My mom and I always had it on while we did Saturday chores. My parents had a lot of albums too, so all of that music from the 70′s and 80′s was truly a soundtrack to my childhood. Some of my favorites are The Carpenters, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Van Morrison (especially Brown Eyed Girl, Into the Mystic, and Tupelo Honey), and so many more! I love Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sam Cooke. Did I mention that I love music!? Lol, then there’s Christian music: Kari Jobe, Ellie Holcomb, Christa Wells, Christy Nockels, JJ Heller, Natalie Grant, and I could go on and on, but I think I’m rambling now.

  4. Tonia says

    I am going to try this recipe with chicken legs on Sunday it sounds wonderful. I have both your cookbooks and they are great I love them. I was raised in Georgia so nothing I like better than good southern cooking. Love your blog also.

  5. Kristi says

    Thank you so much for this awesome recipe! We had our chicken with wild rice and fried okra, so yummy.

    I also want to thank you for your fried pickle recipe. You turned this fried pickle hatin’ girl into a fried pickle LOVIN’ girl! I just about burned my mouth off because I couldn’t wait on them to cool before I ate them.

  6. Mary says

    Hi , I am making this tonight for dinner. I did start late this evening but oh my goodness, the kitchen smells wonderful. I can’t wait to dig into it. My side dish is rice along with slice of lettuce/tomato.

    Will post any comments my husband makes…he is my tester for all my recipes.

    From Tucson, Az… loving your website…keep up the good work Christy. You are AMAZING!…

    mary

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